This question was sent to me via the website so I’ve answered it here and also added it to About Shirin

Hi Shirin, have read up on your website and am curious like a lot of people as to where were you born, where did you come from and what were you doing before you arrived in NZ?

Life before New Zealand

I was born in Iran, my mother is Indian and my father is British.  I grew up in Europe (France and Belgium mostly) and went to University in the North of England where I got a degree in Philosophy and Psychology.   I then became an English language teacher, then teacher trainer, and director of teacher training in various countries – mostly Spain, The Czech Republic, Japan and New Zealand, but also India, Australia and Fiji before moving to Waiheke in 2002 where I had both my children.   Along the way I got a  Masters in Educational Management.